Digital Libraries and Knowledge Organization

  • Dagobert SoergelEmail author

This chapter describes not so much what digital libraries are but what digital libraries with semantic support could and should be. It discusses the nature of Knowledge Organization Systems (KOS) and how KOS can support digital library users. It projects a vision for designers to make and for users to demand better digital libraries.

What is a digital library? The term \Digital Library” (DL) is used to refer to a range of systems, from digital object and metadata repositories, reference-linking systems, archives, and content management systems to complex systems that integrate advanced digital library services and support for research and practice communities. A DL may offer many technology-enabled functions and services that support users, both as information producers and as information users. Many of these functions appear in information systems that would not normally be considered digital libraries, making boundaries even more blurry. Instead of pursuing the hopeless quest of coming up with the definition of digital library, we present a framework that allows a clear and somewhat standardized description of any information system so that users can select the system(s) that best meet their requirements. Section 2 gives a broad outline for more detail see the DELOS DL Reference Model [133].


Digital Library Resource Description Framework Information Object Metadata Schema Simple Knowledge Organisation System 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Information StudiesUniversity of Maryland, College ParkUSA

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